This guide should help you decide on the best upgrade option for you.
To decide on the best option, it will help to ask yourself the following questions:
Do I need the Pro version of OMN for PC or the free version
Do I have maps bought before 2012 and if so, do I want to update them to new ones or carry on using them?
Which platforms will I want to use (PC, Android, iPhone)?
Keep these questions in mind and read through the following and it should help you decide which upgrade is best for you.
Do you need the Pro version of OMN for PC or the Free version?
The Free version is suitable for most regular users whereas the Pro version is better for more advanced users or those with special requirements.
If you can answer yes to *all* of the following then Free is right for you:
Mostly plot and print shorter single-day routes
Do not have a handheld GPS device
Do not need the 3D or Split-screen facilities
Do not need to print in A3
Only print maps in their native scale (e.g. 1:50,000 maps are printed at 1:50,000 scale)
If you answer yes to *any* of the following, then Pro is right for you:
Often plan longer, multi-leg routes or expeditions
Use a handheld GPS device
Would like the 3D and Split-screen facilities
Would like to print in A3
Would like to change the scale or zoom level at which maps are printed
Please note: You just upgrade the software to Pro not individual maps. So you upgrade once to Pro and it last forever and covers all of your maps or you can upgrade to Pro at a later date and all your maps will still work.
Do you have Anquet v06 maps bought before 2012?
Any v06 maps bought since the beginning of 2012 (be they on disk or by download) can be downloaded in the OMN format without any additional plug-ins or upgrades. All you need to do is first convert any v06 disks into downloads and then re-download your maps in OMN for PC and or OMN for Android.
If you have maps that were bought before 2012 you can:
a) Trade in your old maps and get a 50% discount on the new 2012 equivalents which will then work in OMN
(Better for small map libraries or maps that need updating anyway)
When you trade in an old map, you get a 50% discount off the current retail price of the new map. So for instance, if you would like to trade in a Great Britain South 50K the cost will be £79 / 2 = £39.50
This will give you a brand new map that you can download into OMN for PC and / or OMN for Android
So if you're ready to update your maps to new versions or the cost of buying new maps is less than the cost of the v06 Map Reader Plug-in (see below), then trading in old maps for new maps might be a better option.
If you’d like to trade in your old maps, please click Submit Ticket above or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know which maps you’re interested in updating and we’ll give you a quote along with instructions on what to do.
b) Convert your old maps into OMN compatible downloads with a v06 Map Reader Plug-in
(Better for large map libraries that don’t require updating)
If your v06 maps were bought before 2012 and you’d like to use the same maps in an OMN for PC and / or OMN for Android, you’ll need one or more v06 Map Reader Plug-ins.
The v06 PC Map Reader Plug-in converts your Pre 2012 v06 maps to OMN for PC downloads. It works with disks and downloads and costs £30 and is available now.
The v06 Android Map Reader Plug-in converts your Pre 2012 v06 map downloads to OMN for Android downloads. It does NOT convert v06 disks to downloads. It will be available when OMN for Android launches and is expected to cost £10 (TBC)
The Early Bird Pro Upgrade includes v06 PC Map Reader Plugin, v06 Android Map Reader Plugin and the Pro version of OMN for PC for £50.
The v06 Map Reader Plugins convert all of your v06 maps no matter how many you have or how old they are. So if you have a large library of maps which you are not ready to update, v06 Map Reader Plugins are a better option.
What about OMN for iPhone?
Because Apple control the distribution of iPhone apps through the App Store, we need to have the app approved for distribution by Apple before we can say definitively how things will work with your v06 maps. We expect OMN for iPhone will work exactly as described for OMN for Android but until we get the final all clear from Apple we cannot give a 100% commitment. If you’re an iPhone user and you’re not taken with any of the upgrades as described above, your best bet is to hold on for a little while longer.
Putting it all together
The table below shows you what each of the upgrade options gives you. Hopefully you can now pick the one that suits your needs best.
If you're still not so sure, you can always give us a call on 0207 099 5260 (normal office hours) and we’ll be happy to advise
When you’ve made your choice, this post shows you how to download your upgrade.